The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin has a scientific and scholarly infrastructure in place that is of national and international importance. The Staatliche Museen documents and digitizes its collections and thus makes them accessible to a wider public.
By bringing into effect its Digitization Strategy, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin has pledged to focus its energies on the digital capture of the hundreds of thousands of objects in its care. As digital images, they can be suitably viewed and studied by the general public as well as by specialists. In addition to the digitization of its objects (pictures, sculptures, books, sound recordings, photographs and much more), all reference systems, such as library catalogues, archival finding aids, etc. used by the various collections and institutes are being made accessible via the Internet.
SMB-digital, the online database of all the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin collections currently includes some 250,000 objects. In addition to this gigantic virtual archive with details and background information about our objects, individual works and collections are also accessible via the websites for specific projects. The Münzkabinett (Numismatic Collection), also housed in the Bode-Museum, provides viewers with an interactive catalogue.
The online catalogue SMB-OPAC contains all monographs acquired by the Kunstbibliothek since 1995, all prior and currently subscribed journals and magazines of the library, as well as articles since January 2004. Older titles are being added continuously.
The catalogue also includes the complete collections of the library of the Institut für Museumsforschung as well as all new publications acquired by the special libraries of the following museums and departments since the summer of 2003:
Visitors are welcome to view the collections in the reading rooms of the respective libraries.
All publications acquired since the summer of 2003 by the reference libraries of the following museums and institutions have also been added to the online catalogue:
Thanks to a range of digital offers, our 15 collections can be accessed around the clock – and many of the museums can also be explored on a virtual tour outside their opening hours. Online offers are continuously being developed and enhanced with fascinating new subject matter.